Each week in this year’s four-week summer program from August 3 until August 28, several classes will be taught by renowned guest faculty. Kathryn Sullivan and Ronald Alexander have taught Master Classes at Ballet des Amériques on previous occasions, and we are delighted that they have agreed to bring their wealth of knowledge and superb teaching skills to our 2015 Summer Intensive. Première Danseuse of the Paris Opera and Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet Karin Averty will join our guest faculty for the first time, and we are truly honored to welcome her to Ballet des Amériques.
Karin Averty joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1973 and became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1979. She was quickly recognized internationally when she received the Varna Grand Prix (in the youth category) in 1980 at the International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. During the Paris Opera Ballet Competition, she was promoted Premiere Danseuse in 1983. In 1986, the AROP Paris Opera Ballet Association awarded her the Prix du Public.
From 1984 to 2005 she interpreted principal roles of the classical repertory (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Bayadère, Don Quixote, Coppelia, la Fille mal Gardée, Romeo and Juliette, Etudes…) and new works from guest choreographers invited to the Paris Opera Ballet (William Forsythe, Odile Duboc, John Neumeier…) but also choreographies from Lifar, Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, MacMillan, Graham, Taylor, Tharp, Kudelka …)
In 1987 she was invited to be a Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet during a leave of absence from the Paris Opera Ballet.
In 1988 she became Guest Principal Artist with the San Francisco Ballet and the following year was part of the San Francisco Ballet’s French tour at the Champs-Elysees Theater.
In 2003 she obtained her Diplôme d’Etat in Ballet (official French teaching diploma).
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Prime Minister of France, honored her with the National Merit Order as a Chevalier in 2004.
As a final good-bye to the Paris Opera Ballet, and for the first time in her carreer, she interpreted the role of Juliet in Nureyev’s choreography Romeo and Juliet at the Bastille Opera on July 9, 2005.
Karin pursued her career as a guest artist.
In February 2009 she made her final appearance in Japan performing “Les Biches” Nijinska’s choreography with the NBA Ballet Company to celebrate Serge de Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes 100 years.
Since then Karin is a freelance Ballet instructor and coach for Ballet Companies and Schools throughout the world. She has been invited in France, Korea, Japan, Canada, Israel, USA …
Kathryn Sullivan has taught ballet in NYC for over 25 years; many of her students are in major dance companies, on Broadway, or are now teachers.
She was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years, performing with the Boston
Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Connecticut Ballet, and Le Ballet de
Nancy. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, La
Guardia High School of Performing Arts, and New Jersey Ballet.
Ms. Sullivan collaborated with pianists on CDs for ballet class, made a DVD of ballet routines, “Ballet with Style,” has written articles for all major dance magazines and directed three documentaries on modern dance.
Kathryn Sullivan currently teaches ballet and pointe at STEPS on Broadway, and at Peridance, and is on faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University. She is also the creator of the popular “Ballet Glider” (www.balletglider.com).
Ronald Alexander is a free-lance professional consultant with experience as a ballet dancer, dance educator, choreographer, and an administrator in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. Born in Washington, DC, he started his formal training with Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper at the Workshop for Careers in the Arts at George Washington University and continued his training with David Shields at the David Shields School of Ballet in Boston, MA and Billy Wilson at the Elma Lewis School of the Arts in Roxbury, MA while attending Boston University on a full academic scholarship. He subsequently received a full scholarship to the National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He has performed with the following ballet companies: the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. He has choreographed numerous dances for schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha-Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company to name a few. He participated in the Carlisle Choreographers Project in Pittsburgh, PA and the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Emerging Choreographers Series under Bessie Schonberg. He has taught dance and has been a guest teaching artist in the following organizations in NYC: the Ailey School, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Lincoln Center for the Arts in Education, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, Ruth Williams School of Dance, Henry Street Settlement, Lehman College, Marymount Manhattan College, LaGuardia Community College, and Adelphi University, among others.
From 1994-2002, Ronald Alexander was a NYC certified dance instructor with the NYC Department of Education. He has held administrative and artistic positions in the following public, private and not-for-profit venues: Chairman of the Dance Department of the Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY (1987-92) under Betty Allen, Principal of the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY (2003-05) with the NYC Board of Education, and the School Administrator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, NY (2005-07) under Arthur Mitchell. He has studied the American Ballet Theatre School Training Curriculum (Primary to Level Five) under Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens; the Vaganova Ballet Training Method (Primary to Level Three) under John White; and the New York City Ballet Workout as taught by New York City Ballet.
Mr. Alexander has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in School Supervision and Administration from the City College of New York, NY. From May, 2008 to December, 2011 he was the Principal of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts where he supervised the Classical Academic Program and was Dean of Admissions. He choreographed to favorable reviews: “A Chorus Line,” in 2009 and “Titanic,” in 2011 at the Warner Theatre, one of New England’s premiere community theatres. In February 2011, Mr. Alexander was the subject of an article in Dance Teacher Magazine, “Five Teachers, Five Venues.” In 2013, he returned to New York City, and founded RKA Consultants, and is presently working with the following arts organizations in New York City and nationally: the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, NY and New York Theatre Ballet, among others.